Patriots

‘TB42’ makes Steelers look old again

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

FOXBOROUGH -- The old man still hoists a hose.

As good as the New England Patriots' defense is and was on Sunday night, holding the Pittsburgh Steelers to just three points and 308 yards on 61 plays (a paltry 5.0 per-snap average), Tom Brady’s on-field statement to the National Football League resonated most.

As he typically does with Mike Tomlin-led defenses, Brady feasted, like the Brady of, yes, 2007.

It’s cliche, trite and way too early. But if you follow the National Football League, even just casually, you